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10 Things to Watch vs. Saints



With the Eagles (3-4) and Redskins (3-4) on their bye weeks, the Giants (4-3) can put more distance between them in the NFC East race when they travel to New Orleans in Week 8 to take on the Saints (3-4). Third in the NFC South, New Orleans won three of its last four games, including beating then-undefeated Atlanta in Week 6. The Giants also have a chance to climb two games over .500 for the first time since the end of 2012 when they finished 9-7.2. POISE IN THE NOISE 

The Giants have not won at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since 1993 when Phil Simms threw two touchdowns and David Meggett returned a punt 75 yards for a score in the 24-14 victory. Since then, the Giants have lost four straight and have been outscored 169-80. However, Big Blue won its most recent meeting with New Orleans, defeating the Saints 52-27 in 2012 at MetLife Stadium.3.BEASON QUESTIONABLE; GIANTS INJURY REPORT Out:CB Prince Amukamara (pectoral), WR Victor Cruz (calf), DE Owa Odighizuwa (hamstring), LB J.T. Thomas III (ankle). Questionable: LB Jon Beason (ankle). Probable: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), OL Geoff Schwartz (ankle), LB Uani 'Unga (neck).4.SAINTS INJURY REPORT

LB David Hawthorne (hamstring), OT Andrus Peat (knee). Doubtful: LB Dannell Ellerbe (hip). Questionable: CB Keenan Lewis (hip). Probable: OT Terron Armstead (knee), WR Marques Colston (not injury related), G Jahri Evans (not injury related), G Mike McGlynn (not injury related), CB Damian Swann (concussion), DT Kevin Williams (not injury related).


After suffering serious hand injuries in a July 4 fireworks accident, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul agrees to a contract with the Giants and returned to the team this week. Pierre-Paul was able to do individual drills and even took reps with the scout team. While there was a possibility of traveling without playing, Pierre-Paul will not in fact make the trip to New Orleans.6. SEE BALL, GET BALL

A major reason why the Giants currently lead the division is their plus-10 turnover differential, which is the best mark in the NFL. Including a pick-six last week, the Giants have 16 takeaways to just six giveaways. Conversely, the Saints are even in that

department but have forced eight turnovers in the last three games.7.FOUR-WAY SPLIT?

The Giants found a spark in the running game last week when they handed the ball off to Orleans Darkwa for the first time this season. He turned a team-high eight carries into 48 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown, as the Giants broke the 100-yard rushing barrier for the first time in 2015. We'll see on Sunday how the coaches plan to split the carries this time between Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Shane Vereen, and Darkwa.8. SAINTS VS. NO. 1'S

Eli Manning will be the sixth quarterback drafted No. 1 overall to face the Saints this season. New Orleans is 1-4 against the previous five: lost to Carson Palmer (2003), Jameis Winston (2015), Cam Newton (2011), Sam Bradford (2010) and beat Andrew Luck (2012). Meanwhile, Manning is 2-3 against the Saints with nine touchdowns to five interceptions.9.WINNING THIRD DOWN

Coach Tom Coughlin began his Wednesday press conference with his usual scouting report of the upcoming opponent, and one of the first things he mentioned was third down. The Saints' opponents are converting the money down just 33.7 percent of the time, which is the fourth-best mark in the league. Conversely, the Giants are No. 11 in that department on offense with a third-down conversion percentage of 40.6.**


The business trip to Louisiana will be a homecoming for many Giants this weekend. Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. both grew up in New Orleans and attended Isidore Newman High School. Safety Landon Collins also grew up in New Orleans and attended Dutchtown High School. Wide receiver Rueben Randle was born and raised in Bastrop while punter Brad Wing moved from Melbourne, Australia, to Baton Rouge for his senior year of high school. Beckham, Randle and Wing all attended LSU and were on the same 2011 team.  Meanwhile, tight end Larry Donnell played football at Grambling State University, and Darkwa played at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Keep an eye on these five players as the Giants face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at 1PM

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